[Edu-sig] Graphical Programming and OOP

Nicholas Wheeler dragoncow2 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 27 22:19:34 CEST 2005

>From a perspective of one of Jeffrey Elkner's former students, I can
add my 1.2 cents. The method of teaching from the side is very good
for those that are very motivated to learn computer programming, and
it is those students who generally go to PyCon, on the other hand,
there are also the students who take Computer Science as just another
elective, and are not really motivated to learn too much, this must
make teaching even harder. I'm glad I'm not a teacher.

(Sorry Arthur, 'reply' doesn't reply to the list for some silly reason)

On Sat, 26 Mar 2005 15:37:47 -0500, Arthur <ajsiegel at optonline.net> wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jeffrey Elkner [mailto:jeff at elkner.net]
> > Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 11:43 AM
> > To: Arthur
> >
> > All the math teachers in my school system had a two week long workshop
> > by Discovering Geometry author Michael Serra.  I left that experience
> > with two ideas that I think about often:
> >
> > 1. Students learn best by doing, not by hearing.
> > 2. Given 1, the teacher needs to move from being the "sage on the stage"
> > to becoming the "guide on the side".
> >
> > "Guide on the side" sounds a lot like coaching to me ;-)
> Of course there is the risk of generalizing too far from what is true of the
> study of geometry and of programming - or so it may seem from the
> perspective of someone who claims a deeply felt relationship between these
> studies.
> Art
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